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The Ultimate Menstruation Resource

Stick a fork in that molten lava microwave cake for one, ladies, because we are done! Our inaugural Shark Week In the Powder Room ends today, but not without a big gushing kumbaya.

Of course, nobody who knows me is surprised I created a week-long Internet jamboree about lady parts and menstrual supplies. In fact, most of my family and friends are probably wondering what took me so long. (Mom, I promise, I’ll pay you back for all those tampon cannons Ted and I fired at each other in our Fisher Price Little People wars.)

Yes, this week was a long time coming.

Just ask Maxine, the unofficial college mascot my roommate Jeanne and I created from a diaper-sized sorority vending machine menstrual pad.Meet Maxine, my unofficial college mascot.

Fun fact: our little impromptu craft show was deemed “unbecoming behavior” and resulted in disciplinary action from our sorority officers. Ahhhh, memories.

I can’t explain it, vagina humor is just part of my DNA.

From its very inception, I envisioned Shark Week In the Powder Room to be an event where women and brands would come together to share their period-themed stories and solutions. As a women’s humor site, I knew it would be funny and entertaining, but I was completely caught off-guard by the support and the sisterhood I witnessed throughout the week.

I also learned quite a bit!

Did you know the average woman menstruates for about 37 years? That equates to roughly 450-500 periods in a woman’s lifetime.

Go ahead and let that sink in.

FIVE HUNDRED MENSTRUAL PERIODS. That’s a hell of a lot of molten lava microwave cake, amiright?

I also learned that women are 3 times more likely to discuss their favorite PMS snacks on Facebook than their favorite menstrual supplies.

And apparently it’s not uncommon for girls to think they’ve pooped their pants the first time they get their period. (Note to self: check 12-year-old daughter’s hamper.)

But the main thing I learned this week is that women are even hungrier for community than they are for salted chocolate caramels. It’s the sisterhood of knowing other women are dealing with the same shit that keeps us sane. Whether we’ve forgotten to carry a tampon, or we’ve forgotten to remove it, chances are we’re not alone. And having a place like In the Powder Room where we can be ourselves, and tell our truths—without the fear of judgment or disciplinary action—is pretty fucking priceless.

From suffering on the sidelines of our first period-tainted-pool-party, to Aunt Flo’s last hurrah before menopause, we covered the whole menstruation spectrum this week, and time and time again, our readers responded with laughter, solidarity, and support.

The stories we shared represented both the best of times, and the worst of times. We shared practical tips, authentic experiences, and resources for preparing your daughter for her first period,  “greening” your period with cloth pads, and dealing with heavy periods. Plus so much more. MY (DIVA) CUP RUNNETH OVER!

For a full list of all the #SharkWeekITPR pieces we published this week, organized both chronologically and by topic, please scroll to the bottom of this post.

We’ll be back next year for Shark Week In the Powder Room 2016 with even more stories, resources, and giveaways to make what’s left of those 500 menstrual periods more comfortable. Until then, don’t forget about our four giveaways that are still going on for the next few days. (Click on the image to navigate to that post.)

Win a Period Starter Kit from HelloFlo and In the Powder Room.

 

It's Shark Week In the Powder Room! Win a 3-Pack of Period Panties by Harebrained Design.

 

Just say "no" to ghost tampons. Win a Cloth Pad Sampler Kit from GladRags and In the Powder Room!

 

Pamper yourself! Win a $75 Spafinder Giftcard from Change the Cycle and In the Powder Room.

 

Special thanks to all the incredible writers who made this week possible; our Deputy Editor, Sarah “The Bionic Vagina” del Rio, for making our articles shine; our community members for sharing their opinions and our content; and our wonderful partners: Change the Cycle, Period Panties, GladRags, and HelloFlo for making Shark Week In the Powder Room a big bloody smash!

The Ultimate Menstruation Resource: links to tons of articles about the whole spectrum of menstruation-related topics, plus community discussions, and product giveaways. Women's health | periods | menopause | perimenopause | adolescence

The Shark Week In the Powder Room 2015 Article List (Chronologically):

3 Things I Wish Mom Had Told Me about My Vagina, by Emily Gallo
Critical discussion points for every mother and daughter about female anatomy and hygiene.

The NeverEnding Period, by Cindy Reed
Just like the classic fairy tale but with more pain and suffering. (Perimenopause, heavy periods)

The Jelly Splat Heard Round the Table, by Kathryn Leehane
When it comes to talking about menstruation with our daughters, sometimes you just have to go with the “Flo.”

Is It Possible to Die of Embarrassment? by Tracy DeBlois
“I am 46-years-old, and I still get embarrassed when I have to buy tampons.”

Forget Happy, I’ll Take Less Emotionally Scarring, by Chris Dean
7 brilliant tips for a less emotionally-scarring period

Blood in the Water, by Ali Solomon
The single most embarrassing adolescent period story you will ever read.

Teaching the Truth about Tampons, by Jill Pond
An unfiltered Sex Ed teacher tells the truth about tampons and period poops.

The Ghost Tampon, by Kerry Rossow
Lost tampon? One woman shares how she faced her fears and tackled her ghost tampon scare head on.

Aunt Flo Has Left the Building, by Janie Emaus
One woman’s true story about Aunt Flo’s Farewell Tour and why you should always carry an emergency tampon.

My Period the Party Crasher, by Noelle Elliott
She suffered from embarrassing, painful, heavy periods for three decades before choosing an endometrial ablation.

Jumping the Shark, by Sarah del Rio
Sarah shares why her hysterectomy is “the best thing that’s ever happened” to her.

 

And also organized by topic:

Teaching Girls about Menstruation

3 Things I Wish Mom Had Told Me about My Vagina, by Emily Gallo
Critical discussion points for every mother and daughter about female anatomy and hygiene.

The Jelly Splat Heard Round the Table, by Kathryn Leehane
When it comes to talking about menstruation with our daughters, sometimes you just have to go with the “Flo.”

Blood in the Water, by Ali Solomon
The single most embarrassing adolescent period story you will ever read.

Teaching the Truth about Tampons, by Jill Pond
An unfiltered Sex Ed teacher tells the truth about tampons and period poops.

Dealing with Abnormal Periods

The NeverEnding Period, by Cindy Reed
Just like the classic fairy tale but with more pain and suffering. (Perimenopause, heavy periods)

Is It Possible to Die of Embarrassment? by Tracy DeBlois
“I am 46-years-old, and I still get embarrassed when I have to buy tampons.” (IUD)

My Period the Party Crasher, by Noelle Elliott
She suffered from embarrassing, painful, heavy periods for three decades before choosing an endometrial ablation.

Jumping the Shark, by Sarah del Rio
Sarah shares why her hysterectomy is “the best thing that’s ever happened” to her.

Perimenopause and Menopause

The NeverEnding Period, by Cindy Reed
Just like the classic fairy tale but with more pain and suffering. (Perimenopause, heavy periods)

Aunt Flo Has Left the Building, by Janie Emaus
One woman’s true story about Aunt Flo’s Farewell Tour and why you should always carry an emergency tampon.

The General Joy of Being a Woman

The Ghost Tampon, by Kerry Rossow
Lost tampon? One woman shares how she faced her fears and tackled her ghost tampon scare head on.

Is It Possible to Die of Embarrassment? by Tracy DeBlois
“I am 46-years-old, and I still get embarrassed when I have to buy tampons.”

Forget Happy, I’ll Take Less Emotionally Scarring, by Chris Dean
7 brilliant tips for a less emotionally-scarring period

Blood in the Water, by Ali Solomon
The single most embarrassing adolescent period story you will ever read.

 

 

This original piece by Leslie Marinelli was written exclusively for In the Powder Rooma division of Hold My Purse Productions, LLC. 

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Leslie Marinelli is a writer, wife, mother of three, toilet humor aficionada, and transplanted Pittsburgher trapped in the suburbs of Atlanta. She’s the CEO and Editor-in-Chief of In the Powder Room, the creative force behind the award-winning tell-all mom blog, The Bearded Iris, and the editor and co-author of In the Powder Room’s hilarious bestselling anthology, “You Have Lipstick on Your Teeth.”

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  1. Kadie says

    I have laughed every day of Shark Week In The Powder Room. What a great idea! Kudos to you, Leslie and all of us who live thru Shark week. Every. Single. Month. I’m very much looking forward to my scheduled uterine ablation and am hoping my Shark week adventures are coming to a close…at least the really gory ones ☺. This could be the last month I menstruate ever again. Squee!! Still not looking forward to my 10-12 days of crime scene clean up…

    • Leslie Marinelli says

      Thank you so much, Kadie! It’s wonderful to hear that you enjoyed this week as much as we enjoyed putting it together. And congrats on your upcoming uterine ablation – that sounds heavenly. XO

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